BNS AL IHAIDER-2

Ranjit Mahanti

BANGLADESH Navy Ships Ali Haider and Nirmul are on a goodwill visit to Mumbai from 21 to 23 May 2014. The ships are commanded by Capt. Mohammad Anwar Hussain and Cdr Tanzim Faruq respectively and have a combined complement of 320 personnel. The ships are enroute to Lebanon as part of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

This is the first occasion when Bangladesh Naval ships have visited Mumbai. Hence the current visit by BN Ships holds special significance for the Western Naval Command. During the ships’ stay, crew will engage in professional interactions with personnel of Western Naval Command.

India and Bangladesh enjoy historical bilateral relations, built upon shared culture, geography and people to people contact, The Indian Navy has been in the forefront to train Bangladesh Naval Personnel. Visit by the ships would further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries in general and the two Navies in particular.

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